Where is made

The ties to the area of origin

Parmigiano Reggiano is a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) product.

This means that its distinctive features and its link with the area of origin are
guaranteed by a system of EU rules designed to protect both consumers and producers. Production is carried out according to the product specifi cation of the PDO, and it’s certifi ed by an independent body.

The trademark Parmigiano Reggiano can only be put on a cheese:

  • produced and processed in the place of origin
  • produced according to strict rules, which require precise production methods (Production Standard), controlled feeding of the cows (Feeding Regulation) and qualitative selection and marking (Marking Regulation).

Milk and cheese production takes place in the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna to the west of the Reno River and Mantua to the east of the Po River.

The quality is dependent on the place of origin, the natural feed and the high quality milk with no additives. During the long ageing process, natural fermenting agents in the milk give the cheese its particular flavour and texture, in other words, its typicality.